Reader Shant F. kindly sent this photo which summed up some of the week’s subjects.
This week we discussed the Fiat Punto, quondam class-leader among superminis. The Lancia Kappa came up for more scrutiny (I have to test drive one). Driven to Write also applied its bifocals to rear bumpers – these cars have those.
Before checking my facts, I considered the 1995 Y to be only distantly related to the 1993 Punto. They look very different, the Punto seemingly bigger and taller. But only 40 mm separates the two. It does look smaller by much more and unless I’d skimmed Wikipedia I’d not have really made a strong link between the cars. They are a bit like the Corsa/Adam and old Fiesta/Ka duos.
The Y only came as a three-door whereas the Punto could be entered by third and fourth doors. I suppose the Y was designed as a successor to the Y10 rather than as an alternative to the Punto which is why it seems smaller.
The Fiat Punto remains a great piece of work: I can recall the astonishing spaciousness when I first tried one. Subequent models didn’t add much apart from bulk. The Y on the other hand is still quite a decent little car (as we know here at this site).
Seesaw: that’s another possible headline for this article. As the Punto sank the Y/Ypsilon kept steaming on.